It’s a brand new year #Quirkfam! By now, you’ve probably mistakenly jotted 2018 instead of 2019 a handful of times, forgotten exactly what day it is more times than you’d like to admit, and most importantly, you’ve probably thought of ways you’d like this year to be different in a positive way.
With a new year comes the idea of a clean slate, starting fresh, and setting new goals (or revisiting old ones that weren’t achieved). It’s common for us to make resolutions. Many times we designate a specific time we want to begin making big changes so we can possibly binge all of the bad things prior to cleansing it from us (I’m looking at you cheese curls). We think a new year or a new week is the perfect time to start, and while that can be true it is important to note the following:
You Have a Full 365 Days to Make Changes!
Whether you start January 1st, Monday at 12:01 a.m., or Thursday at 2:00 p.m. on June 15th, you’re starting and that is all that matters! Be your own dictator and don’t let time or society pressure you. Everyone’s timeline is different, and if you’re actively working on yourself and your goals, you’re making progress.
Write it Down / Journal
Set your intentions in a specific manner so that you can read them, visualize them, and repeat them aloud. It’s so important to manifest the things we want for ourselves. Writing down our goals is a major step toward success because we can revisit them often. If you want to place colorful post-it notes of your 2019 goals all over your humble abode, do it! Try to list your goals so that you can check them off as you complete them. It’s always so refreshing to go back and see that you did that.
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
There are short-term goals and long-term goals. Let’s make sure we’re not trying to fit a goal that would realistically take 3-5 years all into 2019. Burning out and feeling discouraged because you didn’t fulfill something that takes a lot of time is not the way to go. If you have long-term goals, start them right away but don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t all happen at once. But rather, make short-term goals that lead to that ultimate goal. It will make it seem way more possible.
Be Accountable or Have an Accountability Partner
Look, if you have a goal that you feel you can’t do alone and need help with, that’s absolutely okay! We all need encouragement. When you have someone you trust to check in on you (and check you if need be), it can be so rewarding. Just make sure you’re being transparent with them because lack of honesty will ultimately only hurt you.
Also, be accountable with yourself. If nobody else got you, YOU GOT YOU. If you hold strong to your resolution for so many weeks treat yourself to a movie, a dinner, or something you enjoy doing! You deserve it!
Don’t Beat Yourself Up If You Slip Up
We ALL make mistakes, and let’s just keep it real; 2019 will be no different. So when those mistakes happen, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel or give up. It just means you slipped, and you can get right back on it. Acknowledge your missteps and celebrate your victories.